It’s that Friday feeling… and #vExpert 2016!

Well it’s that special time again.  Friday…. and to add to that it’s vExpert announcement day!!  I’ve very pleased to be awarded this again for 2016.

VMW-LOGO-vEXPERT-2016-kI have been quite far away from being able to tinker which an technie fun for a while but am now appreciating what VMware does from other angles such as management and great hardware partnerships.

Thanks to Corey Romero and the rest of the VMware Social Media & Community Team.


We’re Back!! – vNews October 2015… again!

We’re Back!! – vNews October 2015… again!

Welcome to vNews ….

vnews-smallWell…. it’s been too long and we’re well overdue our monthly podcast cast so I managed to track down Steve in Spain and wouldn’t let him back in Blighty until we have at least spoken on Skype!  Here’s how it went… including the show notes!


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Show Notes

Steve went to VMworld 2015!

….and bumped into friendly faces from the London VMUG

LonVMUG – Alumni
Alex Galbraith
Dave Simpson
Darren Woollard – Nutanix
Mike Laverick
Stu Thompson
Damian Davies
Dan Willis
Julian Wood
Alan Renouf


The UK VMUG is very soon!  User Con

Date: Thursday 19 November 2015

Time: 8:00 – 17:00

Location: National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Road, Solihull

West Midlands B92 0EJ


Small announcement…. Dell buys EMC for a cool $67 Billion!!


Internet of Things – Intel IoT Solution Gateway.
General Session Wednesday – Boxer welcomed to VMware.


Project A2 – AirWatch + AppVolumes

“EUC will Rock You” – Embarrassing chant

Martin Casado – NSX 6.2. Customer with snakeskin jacket and punisher t-shirt
NSX for Amazon Web Services. Seamlessly link internal and external cloud network

Automation of vCloud Air – vCA Platform is API friendly.

Retrieve endpoint connections for relative vCloud as JSON object. Contains OrgName and SessionURL. This can be used for vCD (vCloud Air) and DBaaS offerings

vca-cli built on pyvcloud – multi platform. PowerCLI – Windows only
Can work on vCloud Air and also on vCD standalone
Supports portal functionality and beyond.

VSAN – 2 or 3 node cluster?
vNuma & pNuma –

We’re Back!! – vNews March 2015

Welcome to vNews ….

…..for all important  virtualisation and cloud news.

We read the blogs and press releases so you don’t have too.

All the news in a nugget of a 1 hour podcast for your commute by train, car, bike, or whilst watching an eclipse!

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We know we have been as overdue as King Richard III’s car parking ticket but we are back with this brand new episode for March 2015.

Show Notes

On this episode we chatted about:-

Who we are!

Who the devil are these two who keep chatting on the Podcast anyway?

VCP Renewal – New date

New vCloud Air Recovery as a Service v 2.0

CloudExpo 2015 Excel Center

Steve says he’s been to better but what do you think?

Veeam and vSphere 6.0

London VMUG and vBeers – London,UK (Thursday 23rd April 2015)

Technology User Group (formerly Virtual Machine User Group)

London User Group
Thursday 14th May 9am-4.30pm
Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, EC47 5AJ

Register at: –

vNews UK VMUG 2014 – Special Edition


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I was lucky enough to attend the forth UK wide VMUG a couple of weeks ago up north (for me) and attend many of the excellent session both from vendor’s and sometimes more importantly the community themselves!

If there is only one VMUG I get to a year, then it the national one.  There were over 35 vendors and and around 40 presentations all happening on one day.  I managed to arrive a day early and attend the vCurry and meet up with some friends there and get ready for the full day of tech bombardment the next day,

I managed to record a few interviews there from some excellent informed professionals such as Chris Deardon, Darren Woolard, Jonathan Medd, Ather Beg, Stuart Thompson and Cormack Hogan.  Thanks to Veeam, Xtravert, Nutanix and Pure Storage.  Make sure you click on the link about to download or search for vNews in iTunes.

Happy Anniversary to my co-host Steve Bruck who couldn’t be with me on the podcast this month as he was gallivanting away in NYC!  Happy Anniversary and to Mrs Bruck!

Happy listening!

vNews October 2014 – EVO:RAIL Interview with Mike Laverick


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Interview with Mike Laverick: EVO:RAIL Team Tech Marketeer/Evangelist

Mike Joined the new VMware EVO:RAIL Team as a Tech Marketeer/Evangelist in September 2014.

According to the bumpf:

“VMware EVO:RAIL™ combines compute, networking, and storage resources into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by VMware qualified partners. (See the EVO:RAIL product page for more information: )”


But we decided to pull in a few past favours and drag Mike onto the show to answer some more pertinent questions about this new venture for VMware.

These are some of the questions that we cover during our chat with Mike (and many more!):

  • What is EVO?
  • What is the difference between the EVO:RAIL and EVO:RACK?
  • What does VMware see as the “killer App” or use case for Hyper-convergence, over and above just a converged infrastructure?
  • What is the anticipated lead time for EVO:RACK/RAIL?
  • What are the Licensing implications?
    • Is it available only via OEM on new purchases?
    • What about customers with ELAs
  • How does it differ from equivalents – e.g. Nutanix, Simplivity?
  • What Advantages, disadvantages does it have over the above?
  • Can EVO handle split site architectures?
  • When will the stack support
    • SRM?
    • VCAC?
    • VCOps?
  • Will there be Virtualization of Business Critical Applications collateral / papers / guidance to follow ? e.g. Oracle, SQL, SAP, Exchange
  • How do VMware envisage the solution will be automated?
  • What does the Future bring? – New flavours to come?

During the interview Mike mentioned an impartial review of Hyper-converged infrastructure from Trevor Pott on SpiceWorks which can be found here:

Mike also mentioned that the JSON configuration file for EVO:RAIL can be edited and he has kindly provided this file as an example of how it can be amended to customise the installation process. (Don’t worry Mike the passwords have been altered to protect the guilty 😀 )


    "network": {
       "dhcp": false,
       "hosts": {
           "management": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "",
                   "maxIp": ""
               "netmask": "",
               "gateway": ""
           "vsan": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "",
                   "maxIp": ""
               "netmask": "",
               "vlanId": 0
           "vm": [{
               "name": "Production",
               "vlanId": 110
           }, {
               "name": "Development",
               "vlanId": 120
           }, {
               "name": "Staging",
               "vlanId": 130
           "vmotion": {
               "pools": [{
                   "minIp": "",
                   "maxIp": ""
               "netmask": "",
               "vlanId": 0
       "vcenter": {
           "ip": ""
    "hostnames": {
       "hosts": {
           "prefix": "esxi-node",
           "separator": "",
           "iterator": "NUMERIC_NN"
       "tld": "vmworld.local",
       "vcenter": "vcenter"
    "passwords": {
       "esxiPassword": "Password1!",
       "esxiPasswordConfirm": "Password1!",
       "vcPassword": "Password1!",
       "vcPasswordConfirm": "Password1!",
       "activeDirectoryDomain": "",
       "activeDirectoryUsername": "",
       "activeDirectoryPassword": "",
       "activeDirectoryPasswordConfirm": ""
    "global": {
       "logging": "SYSLOG",
       "timezone": "UTC",
       "loginsightServer": "",
       "loginsightHostname": "",
       "ntpServerCSV": "",
       "syslogServerCSV": "",
       "dnsServerCSV": "",
       "proxyServer": "",
       "proxyPort": "",
       "proxyUsername": "",
       "proxyPassword": ""

VMworld US 2014 Roundup


This year’s VMworld 2014 in the U.S. promised to be a doozy and it certainly succeeded!

Although neither Steve nor I could make it in person this year that didn’t stop us being glued to our Twitter feeds and Blogger-verse to glean every last morsel of information we could get our paws on to bring you this cracking new Podcast Roundup of what we thought were the important take homes from this year’s conference.

As promised here are the show notes so simply download the podcast from here or subscribe to us on iTunes by searching for vNews.

Sit down; Relax and let Steve and I do the conference floor walking whilst you enjoy the spoils!

VMworld 2014

The General Session on Tuesday with demos of most of the things we will be talking about has been published on YouTube here:

Introducing the VMware EVO Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions

August 25, 2014

ByChris Wolf

Meanwhile …..

Simplivity Converged Infrastructure Adds Cisco UCS

OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS empowers you with the following:

  1. You can set up global VM-centric policies, manage workloads in the federation and automate common tasks. This allows you to be more agile and efficient, and reduces your operational costs. OmniStack’s VM-centric approach shifts policies from underlying hardware components to workloads, enabling greater mobility and agility.
  2. You gain integrated data protection with VM-level backup policies and WAN-optimized replication to a second site or the cloud for disaster recovery and cost effective, off-site backup.
  3. OmniStack data virtualization platform manages data segments in 4K to 8K chunks and deduplicates redundant segments before data hits disk, eliminating unnecessary read/write IO. Deduplicating, compressing and optimizing data in real time saves IOPS and capacity on primary storage and throughout the workload’s lifecycle

Use Cases:

  1. ROBO/Multi-Site Central Management Projects – SimpliVity and Cisco enable unified Remote Office/Branch Office Management projects by providing data mobility services and the ability to manage remote OmniStack-powered hyperconverged infrastructure from one location and interface
  2. All-in-one IT modernization projects for broad sets of applications including mission-critical applications
  3. Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity projects
  4. Data migration, as well as merger and acquisition projects
  5. Development, test, and QA projects
  6. Technology refresh projects

vRealize Suite: Managing Your Hybrid Cloud

August 25, 2014


Welcoming A New Member To The VMware Family – CloudVolumes

August 20, 2014


VMware + Containers = Containers without Compromise

August 12, 2014


VMWorld TV Highlights


Jeremy Van Doorn (@JCvanDoorn)

Eric Sloof (@esloof)

  • GiveBack raised $250,000 for charity

 VMware supporting OpenStack

In the same way RedHat supports Open Source Linux VMware is to support OpenStack on vSphere. VMware will provide packaging of OpenStack

 vSphere 6.0 in Beta

….. but should be available next year

  • vmtn/vspherebeta – Still under NDA but open Beta
  • Content Library which replicates files such as templates and ISOs between vCenters
  • vMotion cross vSwitch / Portgroup
  • vMotion between vCenters provided they are network accessible. Different everything “vTeleport”
  • Long Distance vMotion upto 100ms downtime. SRM still manages DR but this would allow small numbers of VMs dependent on bandwidth
  • Web Client optimized especially response times. Now more closely reflects the .NET client.
  • .NET client will be updated to manage virtual hardware version 10
  • FT now supports upto 4vCPUs. Instantaneous failover now possible.
  • vVols extended to use external drive pools. All vendors supporting EMC; NetApp; IBM; HP; Dell; etc

Do you have a highlight from VMworld? Let us know in the comments section below and we will try to spotlight it in upcoming editions of the podcast.

All quiet before the VMworld storm – vNews August 2014


Welcome to August’s edition of vNews ….


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The world of virtualisation is quiet and calm as all the vendors are keeping their powder dry ready to announce their latest and greatest news at VMware’s annual VMworld Conference which is taking place August 24 – 28, 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. As such vNews is thin on the ground but Steve and I have managed to trawl around the Internet and pulled together this pre-conference Podcast.

Coming up from Steve in this months episode:

  1. Microsoft to give away Windows 9 for free to Vista, XP users?
  2. Software-defined Storage Makes Economic Sense and Frees You From Hardware-defined Lock-in!
  3. VMTurbo Posts 16th Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue
  4. Solar winds Product Blog: Virtualization Manager 6.1.1 Server
  5. Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool
  6. Announcing: Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises
  7. Working with vCD Edge Gateway Rules in PowerCLI

Whilst Stuart reports on

  • Hybrid Cloud
  • How fast is you cloud
  • Citrix in the magic quarant
  • EUC
  • PowerCLI

Show Notes

Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management

Chris Wolf

Performance Advantages of vCloud Hybrid Service

August 6, 2014  By jasonlochhead

Why is vCloud Hybrid Service 35% Cheaper Than Azure and 83% Cheaper Than AWS?

Posted onAugust 6, 2014 byMathew Lodge               


EUC Integration Points

July 23, 2014


Top 3 Scripts and Tools for July 2014

Posted onAugust 6, 2014 byBrian Graf                       

  1. vCheck
  2. Migrate cluster from one vCenter to another vCenter
  3. Get VM ToolsVersion


Citrix Positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute


IDC Ranks Citrix GoToAssist the #1 Remote Support Software Vendor for Sixth Consecutive Year

Expanded Mobile, Social and Integrated Multi-Channel Support Capabilities Drive Industry Differentiation


Steve’s Stuff

Microsoft to give away Windows 9 for free to Vista, XP users? | News | TechRadar

Software-defined Storage Makes Economic Sense and Frees You From Hardware-defined Lock-in!

VMTurbo Posts 16th Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue

Solar winds Product Blog: Virtualization Manager 6.1.1 Server | kiwi

Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool – SQL Server Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

Announcing: Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises – Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

Working with vCD Edge Gateway Rules in PowerCLI

vNews July 2014 – Special Edition Interview with Mike Laverick and FeedForward Initiative


Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) is an old stalwart of the show and used to present with Stu back in the day but now is plying his trade at VMware as a VMware Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist.

However, he has not forgotten his roots and is now fronting a community-driven initiative called FeedForward that is attempting to assist and encourage community members to present at their local VMUGs.

This special edition of vNews Mike and Steve chat through this initiative and how VMUG members can get engaged.

Mike’s notes are held here:

Should you wish to learn more then visit the FeedForward landing page at:

Or follow on Twitter using the handle @feed4ward or the hashtag #feedforward

Tune in and find out!

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vNews June 2014


Where is the best place to work in the Bay area? Who is Marvin? What is happening in the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Market? All these questions and more are answered in this month’s episode of vNews!

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Welcome to VMware, David Tennenhouse

May 6, 2014

By Ben Fathi

VMware Named One of the “Top Workplaces” in the Bay Area

Posted on June 16, 2014 by VMTN

VMware: public clouds are “modern silos”

by Joe Curtis| 11 June 2014

AirWatch Named Leader in 2014 Magic Quadrant

Michael Cusanelli | Private and Public Cloud InfoCenter

Citrix Positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites


Citrix Announces Workspace Services, Cloud-based Platform for DaaS, Virtual App Delivery and Mobility

Cloud-based Service Enables Faster Time-to-Value for Partners and Customers, Increases Simplicity of Building Mobile Workspaces on a Choice of Clouds

Optimizing Hyper-V Replica HTTPS traffic using Riverbed SteelHead

Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012

KeithMayer    5 Apr 2013 1:00 AM

NUTANIX – VCE Bashing Videos Pulled

SYMPLIVITY – Not to be purchased by HP

MARVIN – What is it?

Christian Mohn blog – – based on poster picture from VMware campus

Is it an acronym? – Virtual Infrastructure Node

CRN Reported:

HP Discover 2014

Julian Wood

vCenter Server Heartbeat – End of Availability

UCS Number 1 Server Vendor

The King is Dead, Long live the King! – Colin Lynch


vSphere Hardening Guide

vSphere Hardening Guide 5.5 Update 1 Released! | VMware vSphere Blog – VMware Blogs  by Mike Foley


vNews April 2014


vnews-smallWith this months vNews we are back to our usual format exploring the latest goings on with the cloud and virtualisation space.  A major release for VMware Horizon, exams, books,  vExperts, Azure Backup to the cloud,  and much more!


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vNews April 2014 Show Notes

We’re All In with VMware Horizon 6

A Closer Look at AirWatch – March 31, 2014 By kit Colbert

The Dawn of Virtual SAN – March 12, 2014 By @richardMcdougll

New vSphere 5.5 Version of VCAP5-DCA Exam Available – Posted on April 7, 2014 by Jill Liles

Download the exam blueprint or request exam authorization here.

Citrix Advances Enterprise Mobility To Meet High-Security Requirements With New XenMobile Release

Citrix Adds Free Web Conferencing Tool to GoToMeeting Product Portfolio

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 – 8 Apr 2014 10:00 AM

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team

Use Windows Azure Backup to Cloud Backup your Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – 5 Mar 2014 4:25 AM


Steve’s Bit

First Time for Non-VMware Employees: SDDC Intensive Workshop | VMware Education and Certification Blog – VMware Blogs

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Elaine Sherwood

AWS WorkSpaces on iPad – DaaS – Virtuwise

Veeam and NetApp, RPO and RTO at their best

Windows XP – RIP.

New Book – vSphere Virtual Machine Management – Eric Sloof –


ESXi DCUI Shutdown vs vCenter Shutdown of a host

Duncan Epping

vExpert 2014 Q2 applications are open | VMTN Blog – VMware Blogs

Corey Romero

 2014 Q2 vExpert application:

 2014 top VMware & virtualization blog voting results

Eric Siebert